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We have reached our registration max. If you’d like to sign up for the waitlist, please fill out this form. Visit our registration page for more details.

2019 Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for the 2019 Sleepy Hollow Mountain Race! 

Register here

Race Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019 at noon

Online Pre-Registration price: $20, open through April 12th or until we reach max of 250

Day Of or Waitlist Registration price: $30 (see details below)

Field Limit: 250 racers

A heads up that registration did fill up early, on April 1st, last year. Don’t procrastinate, especially if you are planning on completing the whole USATF-NE Mountain Running Series or have a streak going.

To try to maximize participation, we have put in place a bib transfers system this year. You can find information on that below and on the registration page at sleepyhollowmtnrace.com.

Bib Transfer Details

Want to race, but missed regular registration?

Once we reach 250 registered runners we will close online registration and post a link for our waiting list. If you would like to get onto the waitlist follow the link and fill out the form. The waitlist will be first come first served. Waitlist sign-up will remain open through 10:01pm on Friday, April 12th, 2019. Registration price via the waitlist is $30. You will only be charged if accepted into the race. We will notify you via email if a space in the race opens up. The email will contain a registration link. Please register within 24 hours using the link to claim your spot or your spot will go to the next person on the waitlist.

Registered, but can’t race?

This year we are setting up a system to allow for bib transfers. If you have registered, but are not able to race please email us (sleepyhollowmtnrace@gmail.com)  as soon as possible and the transfer deadline is April 12th, 10:01pm. We will issue a full refund and open your spot up to someone on the waitlist. Refunds will be issued via PayPal. This may take a few days to process, please have patience. If you have not received your refund after two weeks of patiently waiting, then send us an email and we’ll gladly sort it out for you.

Reflections – 2018 Race Report

To get you in the mood for this year’s race as we ready for registration to open (on January 15th!), we thought it would be fun to repost the Race Report from the May/June 2018 edition of New England Runner a fantastic local running magazine that you should all subscribe to if you don’t already. 

Muddy Mayhem on The Dark Side

The first entry in this year’s USATF-NE Mtn. Running Series was a muddy slogfest courtesy of mud season still being underway in Huntington for the 7th annual Sleepy Hollow Mountain 6.4M “Dark Side” race on April 29. It also rained previous to the event to notch up difficulty and slow times. The Darth Vader inspired Dark Side (approximate) 6.4-miler originated in 2016 after the original (approximate) 6.2-mile course was utilized from 2012-2015.

Despite course conditions, over 200 trail zealots drove their vehicles onto the muddy parking lot of the Sleepy Hollow Ski & Bike Center, ready for off-road adventure. The Green Mtn. AA’s Kasie Enman and Liz Hollenbach head up the show. Kasie and husband Eli have a house on the Sleepy Hollow property, along with a sugarhouse where they’ve been making pure organic maple syrup since 2009.

There’s an award for the first male and female to summit the first climb at Adirondack View, and you’ve got to figure it wasn’t Enman’s Running Saps maple syrup as Eli Enman was dueling with GMAA teammate Peter Gurney for “King of the Mountain” honors. Behind the duo, three-time Mt. Washington winner Eric Blake of W. Hartford, CT and 2017 USATF Trail champion Brandon Newbould of Nottingham, NH bided their time.

Gurney would clinch the prime before placing 6th in 50:22 and passed by Enman, who would finish 4th in 47:56. After churning through deep and squishy mud (in spots) on the initial climb, Newbould and Blake took the lead. Midway through the race, Blake was right on Newbould’s heels, those heels encased in loaner shoes from Salomon as Newbould forgot to bring any form of running shoes. He didn’t however, forget how to run treacherous downhills at a rapid clip and that won it for him in 45:43 to Blake’s 46:37. Alstead, NH’s Kurt Hackler arrived third and as top M40 in 47:14 followed by Enman and top M50 Tim Van Orden of the Central Mass Striders in 49:30.

As an indication of the impediment to times ‘mud season’ presented, Newbould was over four minutes slower than his course record run a year earlier. Defending women’s champion and course record holder, Leslie O’Dell, would run almost five minutes slower in placing second at 57:34. While O’Dell was also hampered by an injury (and would be forced to dnf 10-miles into the Vermont City Marathon) 100% healthy wouldn’t have been enough to hold off Kassandra Marin. The Acidotic runner from Merrimack, NH handled the terrain like a Jeep Wrangler with spiked tires.

Marin would place 10th overall in 51:24 to topple O’Dell’s 52:40 CR from the previous year. Riding roughshod in the U-20 category and placing 3-4 in the Open category were the Reiders sisters—Hannah and Madeline of Wellesley, MA—both timed in 59:08. Endurance 603 runner Sarah Canney rounded out the top-5.

Following a change into dry clothes, the awards ceremony took place at the pavilion with cash to the top Open runners, Running Saps maple syrup, homemade jams and other delicacies to age-groupers, and perhaps the hit of post-race festivities—the burrito bar.

7th Annual Sleepy Hollow Mountain 6.4M/USATF-NE Mtn. Running Series Race No. 1,  Huntington, April 29

213 Finishers (121 Men, 92 Women) – Timing by Tremblebach Timing – Original Course Records (approx. 6.2) Josh Ferenc, 38:17, 2013; Kasie Enman, 46:44, 2014. ‘Dark Side’ Records (approx. 6.4) Brandon Newbould, 41:39, 2017; Leslie O’Dell, 52:40, 2017

Men (Overall): 1. Brandon Newbould, NH, 45:43; 2. Eric Blake, CT, 46:37; 3. Kurt Hackler, NH, 47:14; 4. Eli Enman, 47:56; 5. Tim Van Orden, 49:30; 6. Peter Gurney, 50:22; 7. Steve Brightman, RI, 50:31; 8. Dave Dunham, MA, 50:54; 9. Eric Darling, 51:06; 10. Jim Boule, NH, 51:40; 11. Daniel Princic, MA, 52:59; 12. Clifford Watson, ME, 53:17.  (20-under): 1. Issac Dana, 56:33. Masters: 1. Kurt Hackler, NH, 47:14; 2. Eli Enman, 47:56; 3. Steve Brightman, RI, 50:31. Seniors: 1. Tim Van Orden, 49:30; 2. Dave Dunham, MA, 50:54; 3. Jim Boule, NH, 51:40. Veterans: 1. Len Hall, NH, 1:05:38; 2. Don Slovenkai, NH, 1:07:11; 3. Mike Gillis, 1:07:44. (70+): 1. Gene Fahey, NH, 1:10:24; 2. Frank Holmes, NH, 1:20:34; 3. Paul Grant, MA, 1:26:53.

Women (Overall): 1. Kassandra Marin, NH, 51:24; 2. Leslie O’Dell, NH, 57:34; 3. Hannah Rieders, MA 59:08; 4. Madeline Rieders, MA, 59:08; 5. Sarah Canney, NH, 59:59; 6. Haley Heinrich, MA, 1:00:07; 7. Liz Chichester, 1:02:21; 8. Kristen Smith, MA, 1:02:49; 9. Emily Rose, ME, 1:04:07; 10. Heidi Davis, 1:04:53; 11. Cheryl Aley, 1:05:01; 12. Liz Lierman, MA, 1:06:04. (20-under): 1. Hannah Rieders, MA, 59:08, 2. Madeline Rieders, MA, 59:08. Masters: 1. Leslie O’Dell, NH, 57:34; 2. Heidi Davis, 1:04:53; 3. Freddi Triback, MA, 1:07:26. Seniors: 1. Cheryl Aley, 1:05:01; 2. Patty Higgins, ME, 1:14:06; 3. Lucinda Bliss, NH, 1:14:42. Veterans: 1. Karen Provencher, NY, 1:14:52; 2. Darby Shaw, 1:30:00; 3. Kathleen Murphy, MA, 1:44:22.

 

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Mud Season, Carpooling, Course Conditions…

The Sleepy Hollow Mountain Race is a few days away and we look forward to seeing you at Sleepy Hollow!  We have a couple of important updates about the race.

Race Day Details: Sunday, April 29, 2018

Start Time: 12 Noon
Number Pickup: Sunday from 10:30am-11:45am at the pavilion
Day of Race Registration – the race is full, so no day of race registration this year
Start Location: In front of the Pond/ Gazebo
Finish: Molly’s Meadow
Awards and refreshments to follow the completion of the race at the pavilion.

Mud Season Watch: Important Notice

While we are doing all kinds of sun & wind dances here, mud season is still underway in Huntington, VT. The Sleepy Hollow parking lot is quite muddy. The best way to help this situation is to have as few cars as necessary.  Please carpool! If you have a choice of bringing a 4wd/AWD vehicle we suggest that option. And if not we’ll will make sure to park you on solid ground. Sherman Hollow Road and the Sleepy Hollow driveway are both dirt roads and currently in good condition.  

Directions to Sleepy Hollow

Carpooling Info:

We always encourage all racers, volunteers and spectators to carpool to reduce our event’s environmental footprint. Vermont has a lot of very useful and convenient Park & Rides. Even if you can’t carpool for the entire trip to Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center on Sunday, you could set up a partial carpool by arranging to meet fellow racers at a Park & Ride en route. Enhance your trip by coordinating your Park & Ride choice with Vermont’s other main attractions (see local breweries… for non-driving consumption only and Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops).

Full Map of Vermont Park & Rides & Popular options along Interstate 89:

  • Richmond Park & Ride – ON US 2 SOUTH OF EXIT 11 ON I-89
  • Waterbury Park & Ride – OFF VT100 NE OF EXIT 10 ON I-89 ON LINCOLN ST. OFF STOWE ST.
  • Montpelier Park & Ride – DOG RIVER RD. OFF MONTPELIER STATE HWY NW OF EXIT 8 ON I-89
  • Sharon Park & Ride – ON VT 132 SOUTH OF EXIT 2 ON I-89

Course Condition Update

Spring arrived late in northwest Vermont. The snow at Sleepy Hollow has only just melted in the last few days and despite warm and sun earlier this week we have also received quite a bit of rain. MUD will be the name of the game on much of the race course! That said the single track sections are actually in pretty good dryish condition. Course Maps/Info and NOAA Huntington, VT weather link

Footwear

Speaking of course conditions, an assortment of Salomon demo trail shoes will be available to test out in partnership with the SkiRack. We recommend the Salomon Sense Softground or Salomon Speedcross for our current trail conditions with their deep, mud-gripping tread.

Aid Station

There are 2 aid stations on course located at approximately 2 miles and 4 miles. The 2 mile aid station is located on Liberty Meadow Trail at the bottom of Tina Turner. The 4 mile aid station is in Molly’s Meadow with the lap and finish. The on course aid stations will provide water.  Gatorade and water are available at the finish and in the pavilion.

Staying at Sleepy Hollow

There are still rooms available at the Sleepy Hollow Inn. For reservations please call the Inn directly at 802.434.2283. There is also an option to camp at Sleepy Hollow. Camping is located on the Sleepy Hollow property in Molly’s Meadow near the finish line. Other close towns to stay in include, Shelburne, Williston and Waterbury (depending on the direction you are traveling from). Click here for info on camping and other ideas about places to stay.

Post Race we will gather in the pavilion for burritos and awards!

Awards and Prizes

Top 3 overall and in each age category, King and Queen of the Mountain (first to the top of the first loop), and Muddiest finishers will receive awards. This year’s prizes include Running Saps Maple Syrup and homemade Triple Berry Jam. There will also be raffle items distributed at bib pickup. Each year raffle prizes are a little different, but usually include several Solomon products, Running Saps Maple Syrup and whatever else we think would be fun – to be revealed on race day! Click here for more info.

Post Race Food

We will have a burrito bar again this year! Burritos or Nachos (GF) are free for all racers and volunteers. Coffee from Brio Coffeeworks, made in Vermont, will be on hand as well as water and gatorade.

Maple Syrup For Sale

Running Sap Maple Syrup, produced by Kasie and Eli right here on the Sleepy Hollow property, will be for sale in the pavilion. Please bring cash or check if you would like to purchase syrup.

Staying Connected

We will post results and links to race photos online after the race at  sleepyhollowmtnrace.com and on our Facebook page.

Visit the USATF NE Trail website for info/results/etc and don’t forget to Like USATF-New England Mountain Ultra Trail for race series updates and race info.

Missed Registering?

Update: Thanks to all who entered the lottery. The lottery closed 4/15/18. We will be sending an email notification to everyone who registered in the lottery by the end of the day Monday 4/16/18. 

We have heard from lots of hopeful runners in the past two days. If we could let all of you come out for our race we would. We have to work within the constraints of our dirt road and parking area during mud season in Vermont – that is why our max number of participants is set at 250.

That said, we recognize it was a surprise to many of you, and to us, that our registration reached its cap an unprecedented month out from race day. We also recognize that this all came about on short notice on a holiday.

We do have a little bit of wiggle room, knowing that there are always some registered runners who aren’t able to make it out on race day. So, the most fair solution we have come up with is to create a lottery. Anyone hoping to still get in can sign up for one last chance.

Lottery Directions:

  1. To enter the lottery fill out this form by 11:59pm April 15th. No payment required for this step.
  2. On April 16th, we will draw 10 names from the lottery list. We will send an email notification to all lottery entrants with the results. If you are one of the lucky 10, you will receive official registration instructions. Race registration fee for lottery registrants will be $30.

We will have a box on the lottery registration for anyone who is a past USATF-NE Mountain Goat and for anyone who is a Sleepy Hollow Streaker, having done all 6 of our past races. People who meet one of these conditions will get one bonus entry in the lottery. People who meet both of these conditions will receive two bonus entries in the lottery.

Not sure if you need to enter the lottery or not? Check for your name on our 2018 Sleepy Hollow Mtn Race pre-registered runner list.

Registration near Max

Update 4/1 7:00pm: We have reached our cap of 250 racers. Registration for the 2018 Sleepy Hollow Mtn Race is now closed. Thank you for showing our race so much love. ♥

If you are hoping to run this year’s Sleepy Hollow Mountain Race, please be aware that our registration will close when we reach 250 entrants which will likely happen today or tomorrow. As of this morning, we were up to 212 and that number has been rising fast.

We are so grateful to have such a great turnout for our race again this year! We look forward to seeing you April 29th.

Happy Easter and, no, this is NOT an April Fools joke.

Course Preview Run with SkiRack, Salomon, Kasie & Aliza

Want to see what you have gotten yourself into?

Have that nagging feeling it would be a good idea to prepare yourself with a training run on the course?

Join us Sunday, April 15th at 10:00am for a group run on the Sleepy Hollow Mtn Race course, led by Kasie Enman and Aliza LaPierre. In partnership with SkiRack. Salomon demo trail shoes will be available to test out.